Upcoming NHSN Webinars on the LTCF COVID-19 Module for Reporting

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare If you’ve been following this week’s COVID-19 reporting module and the Interim Final Rule blogs, you’ve heard about the National Healthcare Safety Network and the requirement to report COVID-19 infections for residents and staff, etc.  You may have even tried to log in to yesterday…… Continue reading Upcoming NHSN Webinars on the LTCF COVID-19 Module for Reporting

CMS Delays the Implementation of OASIS-E

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare 4/30/2020 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a delay for the Implementation of OASIS-E. In a Medicare and Medicaid interim final rule with comment period (IFC) [CMS-5531-IFC]. CMS communicated the following two paragraphs: “we want to provide maximum flexibilities for these providers to…… Continue reading CMS Delays the Implementation of OASIS-E

COVID-19 USA Heat Map – ASCP and AMDA

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare If you’re a visual learner like me, you’ll appreciate this COVID-19 USA Heat Map.  (I’ve added the bolding to verbiage in the next paragraph.) “The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine represent pharmacists, medical directors and health care providers and professionals in the skilled…… Continue reading COVID-19 USA Heat Map – ASCP and AMDA

COVID-19 Module: System to Track Infections and Prevention Process Measures

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC’s NHSN (National Healthcare Safety Network) provides healthcare facilities, such as long-term care facilities (LTCF) with a customized system to track infections and prevention process measures in a systematic way. Tracking this information allows facilities to identify problems, improve care, and determine progress toward facility…… Continue reading COVID-19 Module: System to Track Infections and Prevention Process Measures

NIH Clinical Trial Shows Remdesivir Accelerates Recovery from Advanced COVID-19

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Hospitalized patients with advanced COVID-19 and lung involvement who received Remdesivir recovered faster than similar patients who received placebo, according to a preliminary data analysis from a randomized, controlled trial involving 1063 patients, which began on February 21. The trial (known as the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment…… Continue reading NIH Clinical Trial Shows Remdesivir Accelerates Recovery from Advanced COVID-19

Updated Active Screening of Residents – AMDA/PALTC

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Back on March 18, 2020 (it seems like a year ago doesn’t it!), I blogged about the great resources available on the AMDA website.  One of those resources was updated a couple of days ago – Active Screening of Residents.  More common and less common…… Continue reading Updated Active Screening of Residents – AMDA/PALTC

Five-Star Technical Users’ Guide Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted an updated Five-Star Technical Users’ Guide this morning, April 29, 2020. The following statement appears on the page prior to the Introduction page: April 2020 Revisions: Temporary Changes due to COVID-I9 On March 23, CMS announced a new, targeted inspection plan designed to…… Continue reading Five-Star Technical Users’ Guide Updated